What is a low-carb diet?
Topic: What is a low-carb diet?
December 16, 2019 / By Jarod Question:
I'm doing a paper for a health class about diets, and I want to know what involves a low-carb diet. Thanks!
Best Answers: What is a low-carb diet?
Fredric | 6 days ago
A low carb diet excludes or severely reduces the starches and sugars you eat every day----which leaves protein and fats as your primary food groups along with high water vegetables.
Carbs include anything made of grains, such as rice, cereal and bread, and pasta; starchy vegetables, like potatoes, corn and peas, and large quantities of fruit and juices. Anything with sugar added is eliminated, such as soda, pastry, ice cream, cookies, etc.
The diet is designed to reduce the amount of "energy" calories you take in so that your body uses stored fat for energy instead, resulting in weight loss. It is stressed that one drink at least 2 quarts of water daily and carefully monitor weight loss. Keep in mind that grains and fruit provide many essential vitamins and minerals, and this diet mandates use of a good multivitamin daily taken with food.
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Originally Answered: I'm on a low carb diet but i crave cholcolate, badly! anyone know of a low carb chocolate recipe?
get off the low carb diet.
it is not healthy for you. Atkins is a fraud.
Especially if you crave chocolate. You will eventually go off this diet.
Diets don't work because people look at them as short term and say "i'm going on this till I lose 10, 20, 30lbs, etc."
When they go off, they eat like crap and put the weight back on, and usually put on MORE weight because they used a nutritionally and physically unhealthy diet, like atkins or low-carb. which plays havoc with your body as it does not preserve muscle and encourages you to take in large amounts of fat- sugar is only one part of it. The reason you will gain back MORE weight when you go off it- (and eventually you will, your body craves sugar in fruits because it needs it and those things are healthy for you- while chocolate is not) because you will have lost muscle as your body will have not been getting what it needs to help preserve it and support muscle maintenance and growth.
Muscle increases your metabolism. less muscle = more fat (loosely).
I suggest instead to you to read some nutrition books and understand the effect of what you eat on you from a scientific standpoint, not a standpoint of someone giving you false diet information in order to sell thier diet plan.
Develop your own eating plan (I say eating plan because it needs to be a LIFELONG CHANGE, but you develop one you can live with) based on healthy choices, you can even work in a "cheat" day where you can eat your chocolate. Something your current "diet" doesn't have.
A healthier version of chocolate (although it still has high calories and high sugar) than regular chocolate is dark chocolate. Not just "hershey's" crap you see in the commercial- which is actually only 45% or so pure, try lindts 85% pure dark chocolate- it is more bitter than you are used to, but for a better choice than milk chocolate it is not a bad treat so long as you limit yourself.
decaf coffee is a great low calorie fluid when you re having cravings and a great source of antioxidants
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if you re eating out make salad the appetizer most starters are fried and come with unhealthy dips or sauces
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Diet soda is great on a low carb diet. Especially with all of the sodas out there today, there are sooo many great diet choices. Also, if you are feeling adventurous pick up some low carb frozen yogurt or ice cream and make a diet root beer float!
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First look up "carbs" on yahoo or google. Maybe even look up carbohydrate in the dictionary. Mainly, they mean foods like bread, noodles, grains, things like that. But the problem is the health risks when you decide to cut those out. Make sure you look into any diet carefully, before doing it, and it can be a good idea to ask your doctor too! She might know how your body will react to a diet, whether in a positive or negative way. I could never imagine cutting out my carbs though!
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Originally Answered: foods to eat while on a low carb/no carb diet?
Your body NEEDS carbs and complex carbs (think brown) are what you should go for...whole wheat and whole grain products, brown rice, sweet pototoes, etc. Avoid "white" food (anything with white flour, white sugar for example).
Carbs aren't the enemy, but refined ones have little to no nutritional value. The issue with low carb dieting is that frequently people regain much (or all) of the weight they lost when they get off that unhealthy diet (see source link for some issues with low carbing).
I've done Atkins more than once...the diet from Hell. Terribly unhealthy but you'll lose weight on it if you watch your calorie intake. However, you'll lose weight on any eating plan if you watch your calorie intake. Why choose an eating plan that is actually UNhealthy? I lost 35 lbs low carbing and gained 20 of them back the following year.
Eat right...don't try to eliminate any particular thing (carbs, protein, fats, etc).
Exercise...get your metabolism burning some calories.
THAT is how you lose weight and keep it off long term. I speak from experience and research. I knew low carbing wasn't healthy but I did it anyway...it was a waste of time since I had to re-lose most of the weight I lost when low-carbing. Yo-yo dieting isn't healthy either.
former obese person